Event Calendar

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Tue, Mar 16, 2021

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Sleep Week

All day Virtual

It may look different this year--but we hope that sleep week helps you improve your sleep and gain all the benefits of good sleep. Health Education and the Student Health Educators are partnering on sleep week! Check out our signs around campus for the QR code links to some great information on trauma and sleep, aps that will help you improve your sleep, how to nap better and substances and sleep. Click on the QR code on sign number 8 to enter our raffle to win some great prizes that will help you sleep better including essential oils, weighted blankets and outdoor exercise care packages. Show up to the (online) event where if you SNOOZE you DON’T LOSE! Follow AC_HealthAndWellbeing on Instagram for great sleep information for the next 7 days (and throughout the semester).
Brought to you by the Student Health Educators and the Department of Health Education Centering Student Wellbeing.
Only students are eligible to win prizes!

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Money, Value, Wealth, and Worth with Chloe B. McKenzie '14 — Session #1 of 2

In this workshop, Chloe B. McKenzie '14 will introduce her conceptualization of money, value, wealth, and worth to participants. Chloe has spent her career refining her understanding of these concepts, understanding that our relationships with money are complicated and textured. As such, when starting a new venture, it is critical for founders to explore how their relationships with money might show up in their development of a business.

Chloe McKenzie’s work stands at the intersection of education, finance, social justice, and the visual and performing arts. She has become a leader in wealth justice and financial education, namely through her organization BlackFem, a nonprofit whose mission is to transform school-based learning so that Black girls and girls of color have the skills, habits, and resources to build and sustain wealth.

Chloe came from an affluent household in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Her story is one of expensive schools, skipping grades, Wall Street opportunities, bonuses, and benefits. Her story is also a story of childhood abuse, burnout, and illness. As a financial trauma researcher, her companies BlackFem and Equiddie, her Amazon bestselling book, entitled The Activist Investor, and most recently, her research on financial trauma and shame showcase her epiphanies about how to close the wealth gap and build healthier relationships with money.

Chloe holds a B.A. from Amherst College in Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought, as well as a graduate certificate in Financial Planning and Services from Boston University. She obtained a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and is a certified teacher with graduate certificates in General Education and Special Education. She also holds certifications in investment advising and financial advising and has been trained in financial therapy.

Chloe’s research about financial trauma, abuse, and shame has been referenced by major academic and financial institutions. At the conclusion of the formal presentation, Chloe has allotted time for Q&A and additional student discussion -- so feel free to come with questions!

This event is co-sponsored by Amherst College's Center for Diversity & Student Leadership, the Women's & Gender Center, and the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning.

Virtual Russian Table

11:30 am Virtual

Please join us for the Virtual Russian Table every Tuesday between 11:30am and 1:00pm EST.
Russian Table offers an opportunity to gather and converse with other Russian-language learners and teachers. Come for the whole time or drop in for a shorter conversation - all levels of Russian speakers are very welcome!
Please email Kristina Diachenko (kdiachenko@amherst.edu) for the Zoom info.

Strategies for Staying on Track

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Live Webinar

The OHR Learning & Development Team invites you to a live webinar presented by TIAA.

No matter how much or how little money you can save for retirement, it’s important that you start now and stay invested for your future. You can learn how taking smart financial steps today may help lead you to a solid financial future after you’ve stopped working.

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Money, Value, Wealth, and Worth with Chloe B. McKenzie '14 — Session #2 of 2

In this workshop, Chloe B. McKenzie '14 will introduce her conceptualization of money, value, wealth, and worth to participants. Chloe has spent her career refining her understanding of these concepts, understanding that our relationships with money are complicated and textured. As such, when starting a new venture, it is critical for founders to explore how their relationships with money might show up in their development of a business.

Chloe McKenzie’s work stands at the intersection of education, finance, social justice, and the visual and performing arts. She has become a leader in wealth justice and financial education, namely through her organization BlackFem, a nonprofit whose mission is to transform school-based learning so that Black girls and girls of color have the skills, habits, and resources to build and sustain wealth.

Chloe came from an affluent household in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Her story is one of expensive schools, skipping grades, Wall Street opportunities, bonuses, and benefits. Her story is also a story of childhood abuse, burnout, and illness. As a financial trauma researcher, her companies BlackFem and Equiddie, her Amazon bestselling book, entitled The Activist Investor, and most recently, her research on financial trauma and shame showcase her epiphanies about how to close the wealth gap and build healthier relationships with money.

Chloe holds a B.A. from Amherst College in Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought, as well as a graduate certificate in Financial Planning and Services from Boston University. She obtained a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and is a certified teacher with graduate certificates in General Education and Special Education. She also holds certifications in investment advising and financial advising and has been trained in financial therapy.

Chloe’s research about financial trauma, abuse, and shame has been referenced by major academic and financial institutions. At the conclusion of the formal presentation, Chloe has allotted time for Q&A and additional student discussion -- so feel free to come with questions!

This event is co-sponsored by Amherst College's Center for Diversity & Student Leadership, the Women's & Gender Center, and the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning.

Yoga in the Powerhouse

Join us in the Powerhouse every Tuesday and Thursday for in-person yoga classes with AC Yoga Club! Move your body after hours of zoom, in a way that feels good to you. We'll breathe, stretch, balance, and maybe even get upside down. Feel free to bring a friend! Limit 10 per class. Sign up below.

Sign up for Tuesday: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdWEShn5Tr9EyklPvmgf21FseQLvQMO...

Sign up for Thursday:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdJQUujeKxb1imzWTzZjk5qeg7L_jXI...

Students Only
Registration Required
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Buddhist Group

Join us as we meet weekly over Zoom for guided meditation and conversation about how the Buddha's teachings - from interconnection to embodied awareness to skillful relationship to thoughts - can make our daily lives a bit more grounded and happy. You don't need to be Buddhist to attend, and all College students, staff, and faculty are welcome.

For more information please contact interim Buddhist Advisor Harrison Blum (hblum@amherst.edu).

CET Latin America--Info Session

Learn about CET Colombia and Brazil. This session will cover academics, resident life, housing, and the application process. The first 30 minutes will be dedicated to CET Brazil and the second 30 minutes will be dedicated to CET Colombia. Please join at your convenience. There will be an opportunity to ask questions as well. *Not all options in this region are pre-approved; check the Travel Registry to see if you need to petition. 

Students Only
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"The Politics of Pandemic Othering: Putting COVID-19 in Global and Historical Context"

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Held Via Zoom, Zoom Link: https://amherstcollege.zoom.u

The Department of Political Science and Department of Economics at Amherst College, along with additional funding from the Eastman Fund and the Lamont Fund, present "The Politics of Pandemic Othering: Putting COVID-19 in Global and Historical Context."

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcsce6orTojGNGfk4cM5mQ5...

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

This event is free and open to the public.

Talk abstract:
The COVID-19 pandemic has either reminded or introduced publics to how pandemics can affect marginalized populations through blame and othering. In this lecture, we draw on our recent article published in International Organization in which we study the history and global scope of pandemic othering and blame. We argue that in a global politics characterized by racialized inequality, pandemics such as COVID-19 exacerbate the marginalization of already oppressed groups. We draw on lessons from smallpox outbreaks, the third bubonic plague, the 1918 influenza pandemic and more recent pandemics, such as HIV/AIDS, SARS and Ebola, to historicize pandemic othering and blame. We also compile reports to document the discrimination and violence targeting marginalized groups early in the COVID-19 pandemic. The article and our lecture lay bare the continuation of a long history of othering and blame during disease outbreaks and identify needs for further inquiry.

Speakers:

Kim Yi Dionne
Dionne is an associate professor of political science at UC Riverside and was formerly a Five Colleges assistant professor of African politics (2013-2018). She studies health interventions, identity, public opinion, political behavior and policy aimed at improving the human condition, with a focus on African countries. She is a contributing editor to The Monkey Cage, a blog on politics and political science at The Washington Post. She also founded and co-hosts Ufahamu Africa, a weekly podcast about life and politics on the continent. She is the author of Doomed Interventions: The Failure of Global Responses to AIDS in Africa (Cambridge University Press, 2018).

Fulya Felicity Turkmen
Turkmen is a Ph.D. student at UC Riverside, where she is focusing her training in comparative politics and international relations. Her research examines international migration, citizenship, ethics of immigration and forced migration. She also works as a research and production assistant for Ufahamu Africa, a podcast about life and politics on the continent.

Kaffeeklatsch

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Virtual, MOODLE - "Department of German Events"

Please join us anytime from 7pm-8pm EDT, for our zoom Kaffeeklatsch gathering, for an hour of stress-free chatting (and games?!) auf Deutsch with faculty, language assistants, students and staff. All are welcome!

Alumni-in-Residence

Alumni-in-Residence: Finding One's Way by Working to Improve Schools, with Dr. Kent Peterson '69

Join us to hear about the pathways and crossroads Dr. Kent Peterson '69 has traveled throughout his professional life as a public school teacher, researcher, author, and education leader.

In this Loeb Center Alumni-in-Residence session, we will discuss how Dr. Peterson's liberal arts foundation fostered his own career choices guided by his personal values and commitment to universal access to quality, caring, supportive schools. Students of all class years who are interested in careers in education leadership, teaching, and/or education policy are encouraged to join this dialogue.

Dr. Peterson is an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and founder of the Principals Leadership Institute. He currently works with urban, rural, and suburban leadership academies that serve new, aspiring, and experienced school principals in the U.S. and around the world.

There will be plenty of time for student questions.

To learn more about the Loeb Center's Alumni-in-Residence program, visit: https://www.amherst.edu/mm/575486

Ongoing Events

Redefining Health: Building Skills for Radical Healthcare Workshop Series

The Department of Health Education and SHES present a new workshop series on health equity! Co-sponsored with Your Embodied Sexuality (YES!), we will offer monthly workshops that expand our understandings of health and provide skills for navigating healthcare and the systems of oppression that shape it. Workshop topics will include self-managed abortion care, medical fatphobia, medical racism, misogyny in healthcare, birth control information and how to perform your own breast and pelvic exams, gender affirming healthcare, medical ableism, death positivity and planning, and more. (Registration required: sign up link will be available on the Daily Mammoth during the week leading up to each workshop.) Contact she@amherst.edu with additional questions.

February 20 at 3pm EST: Building Abortion Knowledge for Self and Community Care
Facilitated by Women’s Medical Fund’s Seneca Joyner and Brittany Chung
Come join the folks at the Women’s Medical Fund and YES! for a skill-building workshop on abortion care! The interactive workshop will offer helpful information on how to care for yourself and others before, during, and after an abortion. We will be working together to expand our understanding of the differences between various abortion methods and sharing knowledge in order to better equip ourselves and our loved ones. We’ll be looking at accessing and experiencing abortion care as whole people who are part of vital, complex communities. The workshop will be a liberation-focused space and an opportunity to discuss the realities of abortion openly and honestly.

March 20 at 3pm EST: Don’t Tell Me to Lose Weight: Navigating and Challenging Medical Fatphobia
Facilitated by Isy Abraham-Raveson
The so-called “obesity crisis” is a fatphobic myth that constructs fatness as a disease that needs to be eliminated for the good of society. In fact, fatness is not correlated to disease, and dieting to lose weight isn’t sustainable and can lead to major health problems. On top of that, this misinformation, along with discrimination and shame, prevents people in large bodies from accessing the healthcare they need. In this workshop we will challenge commonplace myths about fatness and health and develop self-advocacy strategies to use when faced with fatphobia in healthcare settings.

April 17 at 3pm EST: Subverting the Master’s Tools: Effective Strategies for Navigating Racism in Medical Care
Facilitated by Michelle Munyikwa
In this workshop, we will review the concept of medical racism and discuss its implications for folks seeking care in the medical system. After a brief review of the history and politics of racism in American healthcare, we will move on to more applicable concepts. Drawing on the experiences of the presenter and advice from local activist groups, we will discuss concrete strategies for engaging in self-advocacy and advocacy for loved ones navigating a complex, racist system.

May 15 at 3pm EST: Fertile Wounds: An Exploration of Misogyny in Medicine
more information TBD

Registration Required

Peer Support Skills Training

Have you had feelings of concern for a friend but felt unsure how or if to help? Would you like to learn more about how to use Empathy and Active Listening to become a better communicator? Do you feel uncertain how to start challenging conversations?

The Peer Support Skills Training (PSST) is a first step to becoming part of the Peer Support Network here At Amherst College. Over the course of three two-hour sessions we will work to develop the fundamental skills to support one another and to advocate for yourself more effectively. Importantly this training also includes ways to establish boundaries and safety measures to care for yourself and will review a wide variety of supports you can offer to someone you feel concerned about.

This training does not prepare folks to become primary supports for those in need but can offer a toolbox of techniques for helping those around us access help.

Currently these sessions will be offered remotely via Zoom and are open to all current students at Amherst. We are offering two sessions at this time.

Tuesdays, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23 from 6pm-8pm EST
Fridays, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19 from 10am - Noon EST

For more information and to register for a series, please contact Garrett Fitzgerald at gfitzgerald@amherst.edu.

This Program is brought to you by the Amherst College Counseling Center.

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Campus Well: The online health and wellbeing magazine

Have you read the latest issue of Campus Well, our online wellbeing magazine? New articles are added weekly. Find the latest issue here: http://amherst.campuswell.com
Why should you click the link?
Learn to mix up your exercise routine with a fun barre-style workout.
Learn how to stay grounded in stressful moments with a 5-minute meditation practice.
Find out which foods to eat (and which foods to go easy on) to help reduce levels of stress hormones.
Try a tried-and-true reading strategy to help retain the information you just read.
Learn to set healthy boundaries in intimate relationships begins with asserting yourself and your needs in everyday life.

Peer Support Skills Training

Have you had feelings of concern for a friend but felt unsure how or if to help? Would you like to learn more about how to use Empathy and Active Listening to become a better communicator? Do you feel uncertain how to start challenging conversations?

The Peer Support Skills Training (PSST) is a first step to becoming part of the Peer Support Network here At Amherst College. Over the course of three two-hour sessions we will work to develop the fundamental skills to support one another and to advocate for yourself more effectively. Importantly this training also includes ways to establish boundaries and safety measures to care for yourself and will review a wide variety of supports you can offer to someone you feel concerned about.

This training does not prepare folks to become primary supports for those in need but can offer a toolbox of techniques for helping those around us access help.

Currently these sessions will be offered remotely via Zoom and are open to all current students at Amherst. We are offering two sessions at this time.

Tuesdays, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23 from 6pm-8pm EST
Fridays, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19 from 10am - Noon EST

For more information and to register for a series, please contact Garrett Fitzgerald at gfitzgerald@amherst.edu.

This Program is brought to you by the Amherst College Counseling Center.

Peer Support Skills Training

Have you had feelings of concern for a friend but felt unsure how or if to help? Would you like to learn more about how to use Empathy and Active Listening to become a better communicator? Do you feel uncertain how to start challenging conversations?

The Peer Support Skills Training (PSST) is a first step to becoming part of the Peer Support Network here At Amherst College. Over the course of three two-hour sessions we will work to develop the fundamental skills to support one another and to advocate for yourself more effectively. Importantly this training also includes ways to establish boundaries and safety measures to care for yourself and will review a wide variety of supports you can offer to someone you feel concerned about.

This training does not prepare folks to become primary supports for those in need but can offer a toolbox of techniques for helping those around us access help.

Currently these sessions will be offered remotely via Zoom and are open to all current students at Amherst. We are offering two sessions at this time.

Tuesdays, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23 from 6pm-8pm EST
Fridays, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19 from 10am - Noon EST

For more information and to register for a series, please contact Garrett Fitzgerald at gfitzgerald@amherst.edu.

This Program is brought to you by the Amherst College Counseling Center.

Peer Support Skills Training

Have you had feelings of concern for a friend but felt unsure how or if to help? Would you like to learn more about how to use Empathy and Active Listening to become a better communicator? Do you feel uncertain how to start challenging conversations?

The Peer Support Skills Training (PSST) is a first step to becoming part of the Peer Support Network here At Amherst College. Over the course of three two-hour sessions we will work to develop the fundamental skills to support one another and to advocate for yourself more effectively. Importantly this training also includes ways to establish boundaries and safety measures to care for yourself and will review a wide variety of supports you can offer to someone you feel concerned about.

This training does not prepare folks to become primary supports for those in need but can offer a toolbox of techniques for helping those around us access help.

Currently these sessions will be offered remotely via Zoom and are open to all current students at Amherst. We are offering two sessions at this time.

Tuesdays, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23 from 6pm-8pm EST
Fridays, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19 from 10am - Noon EST

For more information and to register for a series, please contact Garrett Fitzgerald at gfitzgerald@amherst.edu.

This Program is brought to you by the Amherst College Counseling Center.

Peer Support Skills Training

Have you had feelings of concern for a friend but felt unsure how or if to help? Would you like to learn more about how to use Empathy and Active Listening to become a better communicator? Do you feel uncertain how to start challenging conversations?

The Peer Support Skills Training (PSST) is a first step to becoming part of the Peer Support Network here At Amherst College. Over the course of three two-hour sessions we will work to develop the fundamental skills to support one another and to advocate for yourself more effectively. Importantly this training also includes ways to establish boundaries and safety measures to care for yourself and will review a wide variety of supports you can offer to someone you feel concerned about.

This training does not prepare folks to become primary supports for those in need but can offer a toolbox of techniques for helping those around us access help.

Currently these sessions will be offered remotely via Zoom and are open to all current students at Amherst. We are offering two sessions at this time.

Tuesdays, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23 from 6pm-8pm EST
Fridays, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19 from 10am - Noon EST

For more information and to register for a series, please contact Garrett Fitzgerald at gfitzgerald@amherst.edu.

This Program is brought to you by the Amherst College Counseling Center.

Peer Support Skills Training

Have you had feelings of concern for a friend but felt unsure how or if to help? Would you like to learn more about how to use Empathy and Active Listening to become a better communicator? Do you feel uncertain how to start challenging conversations?

The Peer Support Skills Training (PSST) is a first step to becoming part of the Peer Support Network here At Amherst College. Over the course of three two-hour sessions we will work to develop the fundamental skills to support one another and to advocate for yourself more effectively. Importantly this training also includes ways to establish boundaries and safety measures to care for yourself and will review a wide variety of supports you can offer to someone you feel concerned about.

This training does not prepare folks to become primary supports for those in need but can offer a toolbox of techniques for helping those around us access help.

Currently these sessions will be offered remotely via Zoom and are open to all current students at Amherst. We are offering two sessions at this time.

Tuesdays, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23 from 6pm-8pm EST
Fridays, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19 from 10am - Noon EST

For more information and to register for a series, please contact Garrett Fitzgerald at gfitzgerald@amherst.edu.

This Program is brought to you by the Amherst College Counseling Center.